Chris Froome, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel among highest paid riders, according to report

Tadej Pogačar has also climbed the list after his Tour de France victory

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Chris Froome is still among the highest paid riders in cycling, according to reports.

French newspaper L'Equipe (opens in new tab) and Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad (opens in new tab) have compiled an updated list of male riders believed to earn the most in professional cycling, with four-time Tour de France winner Froome maintaining his position as the highest paid rider in the sport.

But there is some change to the list, as Peter Sagan slips down the order while rising star Tadej Pogačar climbs up to the second paid rider after signing a new contract with UAE Team Emirates.

Froome is believed to be the highest paid rider, according to the reports, as the Brit earns an estimated €5.5million (£4.6million) per year after signing with Israel Start-Up Nation.

Peter Sagan is now joint second on the list alongside 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, both on €5million.

The winner of the 2018 Tour de France Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) is still high up amongst the best paid riders, taking home an estimated €3.5million (£2.9million) annually, while his team-mate Egan Bernal is not far behind on €2.8million.

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World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) remains in the top-10 of highest paid riders on €2.3million, but his Classics rivals Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) are new additions to the list, with Van Aert taking home €2.2million while Van der Poel takes home around €2million, according to Het Nieuwsblad and L'Equipe. 

The top-20 highest earning cyclists according to reports

1. Chris Froome (Gbr) Israel Start-up Nation €5.5 million

2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE-Team Emirates, Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, €5 million

3. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers, €3.5 million

4. Egan Bernal (Col)  Ineos Grenadiers,  €2.8 million

5. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers,  €2.5 million

6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, € 2.3 million

7. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers €2.2 million

8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo €2.1 million

9. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix , Adam Yates (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers, Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM, €2 million,

10. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis, Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic, €1.9 million

11. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE-Team Emirates, €1.8 million

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.